Form, geometry and material are inseparable aspects in the art of structural design. Bringing these building blocks together means approaching the contemporary challenges of structural design in an efficient and sustainable way. The goal at dos is to teach the cross-material fundamentals of structural design and building construction.

Master Courses

Building & Structure

Building and structure

In the Building & Structure seminar (formerly structural design in-depth), the functional and effective modes of structural design are considered in more detail, especially with the specific study of the applicability of materials such as wood, steel and concrete. In addition, special structures and their support mechanisms will be studied and analyzed, which will serve to develop and support the design.
The goal of the course is for the participants to become more aware of the work of civil engineers. An increased understanding of the use of traditional structural building materials will be developed. We hope that this will result in architects who can work beyond their own science and on an appropriate level with project partners.

Wednesday 11:30 am - 01:00 pm  (first lecture: 26.10.22 11:30 pm)
Place: Buidling 20.40 Hörsaal neun

Design & Construction

Entwerfen und Konstruieren

In the Design & Construction seminar, a design task is worked on in collaboration with civil engineering students. The designs are developed in mixed groups. The aim of this course is to train students from both disciplines on an interdisciplinary spectrum. This will not only provide an understanding of structural analysis and structural theory, but also train interdisciplinary communication skills. The designs are to be executed in practical 1:1 prototypes and presented to the public. The course can be counted as a master's compulsory module "Structural Design and Structure".
The course is a joint lecture with the Versuchsanstalt für Stahl Holz und Steine, the Chair of Steel and Lightweight Structures.

Tuesday 03:45 pm - 5:15 pm (first lecture: 25.10.22 03:45 pm)
Place: Building 10.81 room 219.1


Digitalk design of structures

Digital Design of Structures

The impromptu is in the form of a compact workshop where the focus will lie on digital form-finding and parametric structural analysis with Karamba3D. The workshop is divided into two days, Monday November 7th and Monday November 14th. On the first day of the workshop, a brief introduction to the tools will be given to the students followed by some examples that will be worked through together with the group. With the knowledge acquired on the first day, a design task will be given to the students, which will be completed and presented on the last day of the workshop. Basic knowledge of Rhino3D and Grasshopper is asked of the students. The students must bring their own Laptop.

Start: 07.11.2022, 13.00 to 16.00
2nd day: 14.11.2022, 13.00 to 16.00
Hand-in: To be decided

Spots: 20

Language: English/German

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Riccardo la Magna, M.Sc. David 
Andersson Largueche

Bachelor Courses


Structural design

The module Structural Engineering teaches the fundamental functions and modes of action of the essential different structures (physical and technical fundamentals) as well as the importance of structural design in the architectural design process in terms of form, function, sustainability and design.

Studio cooperation with DDF

ReGrow design

ReGrow Design

Our faculty has the opportunity to showcase its innovation potential at the Bundesgartenschau (BUGA) Mannheim 2023 in a format that has offered a platform for architectural innovations throughout its history, especially in the local context of Mannheim where Frei Otto realized the “Multihalle” for the BUGA in 1975.
Five KIT Professorships team up in an interdisciplinary cooperation to showcase a digital turn towards circular construction at the Buga23 in Mannheim. Our KIT Team will design and build three research demonstrators to showcase a comprehensive change towards a more sustainable built environment, focusing on circular material systems, digital design and fabrication technologies and functional integration of local energy harvesting as well as microclimatic adaptation concepts.